Newcastle Hold Inquest on Saturday’s Game

Sam Allardyce had the whole Newcastle team in yesterday, at their Darsley training base, so the team could go over the mistakes that were made in the devastating loss to Portsmouth on Saturday. They watched a video of the game.

Big Sam has a deserved reputation as one of the Premier League’s most meticulous managers in terms of preparation, and we can only imagine how many times Big Sam went through the goals yesterday.


Sam Allardyce – angry after the match on Saturday – who wouldn’t be?

Steve Harper talked about the experience at the official re-opening of a healthy living centre in his home town of Easington. The Healthworks center has been refurbished at a cost of £750K, and was opened by local MP John Cummings:

“We were devastated,” “We’ve looked at the video this morning. That was no fun at all, but we needed to do it. We had a constructive meeting and looked at what went wrong. It was before training.”

“ We do a lot with the video before the match in terms of preparation and afterwards in terms of analysis and it needed to happen.”

“We were in on Sunday for a bit of a recovery situation, then that meeting needed to happen yesterday. It wasn’t great viewing, but we needed to see it. We’ve identified the things to be worked on. It was as constructive as it could be.”

“Saturday wasn’t great, but it’s history now. We’ve dealt with it and put it to bed. We’ll go into training today and turn our attention towards building to a massive game on Saturday.”

Not surprisingly the team was completely gutted on Saturday after the game. It’s not pleasant to give your worst display of the season in front of 52,000 of your fans. Steve went on:

“We were totally gutted,” “The manager was very angry and rightly so. The first goal (a 30-yard strike from defender Noe Pamarot) was a wonder goal but then individual errors gave us a mountain to climb.”

“ What went wrong? I wish I knew. We looked at the video and had a bit of an inquest. We felt we had to analyze what happened in those eleven minutes.”

Sunderland were beaten on the road last night at Manchester City, but they put up a reasonable show without having any real class in the side. However, they have most of their points from their home games and have only one clean sheet for the season. A win is possible on Saturday, but Newcastle will need to be at their best, unlike last week.

You can let us have you views of the Sunderland game on the Newcastle United Forum and let us know what you think the team should be, which is anybody’s guess right now.

Comments welcome.

19 comments so far

  • Gavin

    Nov 6, 2007 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #1

    Need Rozenhal and Faye out there on Saturday to compete with Kenwyne Jones in the air, otherwise it’ll be another game without a clean sheet.

  • SuperShearer

    Nov 6, 2007 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #2

    Agree with Gavin, we also need to cut off the supply to Jones as he has the ability to cause us a lot of problems. I hope Sam tries to play an attacking game, think Barton should play (IF he’s fully fit) alongside Emre. Milner and Zig Zog on the wings, it’s a derby we’ve got to take the game to the scum and not allow them any time on the ball.

  • adam

    Nov 6, 2007 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #3

    by the sounds of it they have done alot of analysis over the pompey game and made some honest comments. i hope harps is right and it was a one of because i dont know what id do if it happened again this weekend. doubt it will. one things for sure is that there will be more than a few changes to the line up.

  • Brisbane Mag

    Nov 6, 2007 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #4

    I’m sure BSA told the players just how bad they were and how the let down 50,000+ Newcastle United supporters at the ground together with the Geordie nation scattered around the world……

    We must get behind BSA and support Newcastle, as we can not afford to lose against Sunderland.

    I’m going for a draw on Saturday, hopefully 0-0…

  • yemozone

    Nov 6, 2007 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #5

    I have lost confidence with big sam.Really scared about the saturday’s match.
    sunderland have played well even without a top class player.But i think if sam can use the right players in their favourite position ,then we can have a chance of winning or getting a draw.

    If we loose the match then i think the next step is to sack the manager because it doesn’t take a good manager a whole season to build a squad.After all,he was the one that bought the players,so it shouldn’t be having problem selecting is best players.

    I have been a toon fan for long but after sir bobby robson,i’m sick and tired of these other british manager they have been employing.

  • Dingo

    Nov 6, 2007 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #6

    Well I am away on the Ilse of Jura for the match…. its about as remote as you can get with regard to communication… so no TV’s no radio… I am gonna sit in my tent on the side of a mountain with a bottle of Jura’s finest making up my own score line. 5-0 to the toon Dingo to score his hat-trick. I might have an imaginary flutter on the score as well… quids in!

  • Bill F

    Nov 6, 2007 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #7

    Whats a Dingo doing in the remote Scottish Isles, hope you have good news on your return.

    I think Taylor should start we need his Geodie committment in this game.

  • Cathal

    Nov 6, 2007 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #8

    agree with super shearer altho i tink smith and taylor shud b included rather than emre and faye to give us more bite and passion. faye is very good and emre has a superb pass and shot but i reckon in a derby, with tayls being homegrown geordie and smith having the fiery temperment he has, they wud b betta in the most hatrid filled derby in england!!

  • Tripp

    Nov 6, 2007 at 7:54 PM

    Comment #9

    As an outsider the intensity of the Tyne-Wear Derby is confusing. In the States no sport really has the (often) insane levels of, uh, enthusiasm displayed by our cohorts from other countries. How did this Derby get to be so intense? What’s different about it versus, say, the Merseyside Derby? Or the London Derbies?

  • Ed Harrison

    Nov 6, 2007 at 8:26 PM

    Comment #10

    Tripp – it’s well known that the north east of England has the most dedicated fans in the country. Newcastle and Sunderland are just 8 miles apart. In terms of fan support Newcastle were easily the best supported team in a recent contest, and apparently the loudest supporters were judged to be the Sunderland crowd. So when the two crowds get together it’s quite a deal.
    In terms of support at Newcastle – for example – how many clubs in the Premier have full houses when their teams haven’t won anything for 40 years?
    Chelsea cannot even get full houses even now .

  • Ed Harrison

    Nov 6, 2007 at 8:26 PM

    Comment #11

    The derby has also been going since the last 1800s.

  • Rob kirton

    Nov 6, 2007 at 8:38 PM

    Comment #12


    We’ve even fought wars against Sunderland. Royalists Vs Roundheads in the English civil war. On a later occasion the Mackems helped the Scots invade England and lay Seige to Newcastle, which eventually fell into Scotish hands for 3 years. Trust me this is real history with a grudge.

    In later years Newcastle as the always loyal to the crown city secured a whole bunch of trading rights which were denied to that lot down the road, subsequently leading to greater prosperity in the city.

    It is tribalism in the raw.

    Hell, other teams like Liverpool and Everton have derbies on the back of the simple fact they just happen to neighbours, either side of Stanley Park. It really is quite friendly, though still non the less passionate. London derby games are too frequent and quite honestly aren’t up to scratch. In Scotland the Edinburgh and more famously Glasgow derbies can be ‘a bit interesting’. The main dividing factor being religous / racial and consequently political.

    Luckily most folks don’t take the Tyne – Wear Derby too seriously these days in terms of bloodletting afterwards. Hell it is the 21st century and we’re supposed to be civilised. The only thing up for grabs is loacl pride, bragging rights and an incredible amount of friendly(ish) verbal abuse for a long time. In fact until the next game.

  • Bill f

    Nov 6, 2007 at 9:59 PM

    Comment #13

    Rob, I am totally impressed with your history lesson, there is stuff there which I wasn’t aware about.
    I have friends who support Sunderland and whilst we get argumentative it’s always reasonably amicable. I havn’t been to a derby match for many years and correct me if I’m wrong, there is plenty of verbals but not much in the way of actuall violence.

  • Rob kirton

    Nov 6, 2007 at 11:11 PM

    Comment #14

    Bill F

    Thank god the days of real violence at the matches are now long gone. I know a few years back there was an organised dust up in North Shields, but that was not typical of the suporters of either team. I always find this football violence thing a hard thing to comprehend, especially so far away from the game.

    On a personal note. You’ll never hear any biggotry from me. I’m one half of a mixed marriage. The in-laws all wear red & white !!!

  • Bill f

    Nov 6, 2007 at 11:54 PM

    Comment #15

    I’m doubly impressed. 🙂

  • Leo

    Nov 7, 2007 at 12:59 AM

    Comment #16

    didnt we watch all the reading game??? please dont say it has the same affects as re-watching the pompey game

    we are going to win the match like, and if we dont i am going to go look for a mackam when i pick ma mate up in blunderland and run the fkr over

  • Leo

    Nov 7, 2007 at 12:59 AM

    Comment #17

    maybe a bit agressive and unecessary but oh well

  • Bill f

    Nov 7, 2007 at 1:21 AM

    Comment #18

    I have to admit Leo that I wondered about the wisdom of watching of the Portsmouth game video. Poor s*ds will be so depressed, talk about reverse psychology!!

    Might have been better watching Halloween or similar.

  • Tripp

    Nov 7, 2007 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #19

    Thanks for the background info, Rob. Now it makes a lot more sense. I’m all for a bit of rivalry and passion, but I’m glad to hear that it’s more reasonable these days. It’s funny the difference in the ages of countries has on perspective. The English Civil war was in the 1600’s, right (Oliver Cromwell and all that?)? Things in the States are “old” if they were built in the early 1800’s. Ancient if older than that. It’s even more pronounced here in the west (I’m in Colordao) and things are old if they predate the 20th century.


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